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Bronxwood by Coe Booth
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Oct 08, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: ncbla
Read in October, 2011

Just back from Atlanta where he made some money DJing at parties, Tyrell returns to New York as his father is being released from jail. He immediately becomes involved in all sorts of romantic intrigue and relationship dynamics as well as economic dynamics since his two roommates, brothers of the local pot distributor, are also involved in its distribution. Although I liked the more responsible teen boy introduced in Coe Booth's earlier Tyrell and felt disheartened by the mistakes Tyrell keeps making in this book, I also found the storyline and characters intriguing and honest. Perhaps that's because Tyrell's heart is usually in the right place. He loves his younger brother and wants the family to be together again, but he also fears his father disappointing them all again, just when they start to trust him again. It's almost comical to watch Tyrell go from girl to girl, almost as though he can't make up his mind about what's good for him. Like so many, he can only see how to meet his immediate needs and is unable to think very far into the future. The book focuses on one period of his life--August 1 through August 23--and more happens around Tyrell during that time than will happen to many during a lifetime. It's hard not to root for Tyrell, but it's also hard to figure out how he will escape a bleak future. The passages involving his mother and father make it easy to see that despite his immaturity, he is more mature than either of them. This is writing at its most honest, and I can't wait to see what's next in store for Tyrell.
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